Nigerian actress Tonto Dikeh says people should stop hating gay people
Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh has now joined the list of other Nigerian celebrities who have in the past condemned LGBT discrimination and violence.
Dikeh made the positive comment on Instagram in support of Jussie Smollet, an African-American Nollywood actor who was recently brutally attacked by two men, an incident which many are now calling a hate-crime.
“Sending you Love and Light.. No one shld suffer because they love differently.. I know what the Bible says about this,
AND I ALSO KNOW WHAT THAT SAME BIBLE SAYS ABOUT THE OTHER SINS WE(YOU AND I) COMMIT SHAMELESSLY..”
Homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria, and many people including celebrities (even those who are gay) are unable to openly show support to LGBT people for fear of discrimination, being tagged gay or bashed by the general public.
But in the past, a few straight Nigerian celebrities such as the likes of rapper M.I Abaga, writer Chiamamanda Adichie, singer Kiss Daniel and recently followed by Alex Ekubo whose supposedly pro-LGBT comment was met with heavy criticisms from members of the Nigerian LGBT community because of his ‘insensitive’ approach toward the manner at which his statement seemed to have suggested that being gay is a choice, which off course isn’t and never has been.
We hope more celebrities either gay or not will openly speak against the many human rights violations suffered by LGBT people in Nigeria.Have something to share? Ready to tell your story? Contact us.